'''Robert James "Bob" Brown''' (born 27 December 1944) is an Australian former politician, medical doctor, and environmentalist who is a former Australian Senate|Senator
, and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens
. Brown was elected to the Australian Senate
on the Tasmanian Greens
ticket, joining with sitting Greens Western Australia
senator Dee Margetts
to form the first group of Australian Greens senators following the Australian federal election, 1996|1996 federal election
. He was re-elected in Australian federal election, 2001|2001
and in Australian federal election, 2007|2007
. He was List of the first LGBT holders of political offices|the first
openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia
, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party.
While serving in the Tasmanian parliament, Brown successfully campaigned for a large increase in the protected wilderness areas....